Sixteen and 17-year-olds in Wales will be able to vote in May’s Senedd Elections – and a week of events is underway to raise awareness.
‘Vote 16 Week’ got underway on Monday (February 22) and will run until Friday (February 26).
Online activities such as mock elections, information about the Senedd Election and more will be held throughout the week.
This year will mark the first time 16 and 17-year-olds will be able to vote in Wales, following the passing of the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020 last year.
They will also be eligible to vote in next year’s council elections.
- Labour’s Jeff Cuthbert re-elected as Gwent’s Police and Crime Commissioner
- Regional Senedd Members for South Wales East confirmed
- Labour holds Islwyn: Rhianon Passmore re-elected
- Caerphilly re-elects Labour’s Hefin David as its Senedd Member
- Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney re-elects Labour’s Dawn Bowden as its Senedd Member
Local Government Minister Julie James said: “True democracy means everyone getting involved and having a say. Using your vote is one of the ways you can make your voice heard.
“The upcoming Senedd elections represent an exciting opportunity for new 16 and 17-year-old voters and qualifying foreign nationals to use their vote for the first time to shape public services in Wales, and to create a Wales which fits the needs of future generations.”
Ms James added: “Our Welsh Government ambition of building a more equal Wales, representing the needs of all citizens and all communities in Wales, depends on the voices of all ages, all community groups and all regions of Welsh society being heard. By getting involved, you can influence decisions affecting your local area and Wales as a whole.”
How can I register to vote?
Anybody over the age of 14 can register to vote in Wales, providing they are a British or Irish citizen, or a foreign national living legally in Wales.
Registering usually takes around five minutes and can be done at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
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